Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has dismissed the staff of the state-owned Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, for six months.

Zulum is an alma mater of the Polytechnic as he enrolled there from 1986 to 1988. The governor was handed one of the shocks of his life after he paid a surprise surprise visit to the polytechnic and found out that workshops and laboratories were not in good condition and had stopped functioning.

After an inspection of the place, Zulum asked the State’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Babagana Mallumbe, to resume the responsibility of the school after he suspended the management.

Zulum said.: “As far as I am concerned, this Polytechnic is dead. Nothing is working. The workshops are not in existence, the mechanical workshop is not working, the agricultural workshop is not working, likewise the entrepreneurship centre is not working.

“The school is facing myriads of problems, ranging from lack of funding and commitment. As former student of this polytechnic, a former rector, I have moral stakes in this polytechnic. Insha’Allah, I will not allow this polytechnic to rot during my era as Governor of Borno State. I will do everything possible within my reach to ensure functionality of this institution insha Allah.

“I have directed the Commissioner of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to take over the affairs for the next six months. The ministry is to ensure that all the workshops and the laboratories are put back to use as soon as possible.

“The entrepreneurship centre should immediately be put back to use as well. When I was at the Polytechnic as rector, the entrepreneurship centre was producing nothing less than 10,000 to 20,000 school desks and chairs every month. We produced hospital beddings,”

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